Kingdom of Serbia
November 30, 2021
The Kingdom of Serbia is the former official name of the state of Serbia in the period between 1882 and 1918. Serbia was proclaimed a kingdom by a decision of the National Assembly on March 6, 1882, which elevated the Principality of Serbia to the level of a kingdom. The first modern King of Serbia, Milan Obrenović, ruled until 1889, when he abdicated in favor of his then minor son Aleksandar. Due to the King's infancy until 1893, a three-member Royal Governorate ruled. In 1903, the dynasty changed with a coup on the night between June 10 and 11, when King Aleksandar Obrenović was killed and Petar Karađorđević was proclaimed the new king. The state expanded its territory in 1912-1913. to the area that was until then under Turkish rule, i.e. to the area of Old Serbia by participating in the Balkan Wars (First and Second Balkan Wars). As a result of the First World War, the Kingdom of Serbia existed as such until December 1, 1918, when the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed under the further rule of the Serbian Karadjordjevic dynasty. The solemn proclamation of the state unity of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was immediately preceded by the conclusions of the National Council of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs and the decision on the unification of Vojvodina and Montenegro with Serbia.